09/20/2021 | Press release | Archived content
CAMDEN, N.J. - Two Camden men have been charged for their roles in robbing a gas station in Camden County, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.
Paul Rogers, 27, and Kamau Bradshaw, 19, are each charged by complaint with one count of Hobbs Act robbery. They appeared by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sharon A. King on Sept. 17, 2021, and were detained.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Sept. 14, 2021, a gas station in Pennsauken, New Jersey, was robbed by two masked individuals carrying an AR-style rifle. One of the robbers wore a gray Nike hooded sweatshirt and scuffed tan work boots. The second robber wore a tan hooded sweatshirt with "REACTIVE" printed on the sleeves and striped boxershorts. They obtained cash and cigarettes while brandishing the firearm. Two days later, a robber wearing what appears to be the same grey Nike sweatshirt and brandishing an AR-style rifle obtained several hundred dollars after committing another armed robbery of a gas station in Haddon Township, New Jersey. Shortly after each robbery, two individuals were seen returning to a residence in Camden with a large duffle bag. On Sept. 17, 2021, law enforcement officers executed a federal search warrant at the Camden residence and recovered, among other items, a duffle bag, an AR-style rifle, a grey Nike sweatshirt, scuffed tan work boots, and a tan hooded sweatshirt with "REACTIVE" printed on the sleeves. Rogers and Bradshaw were present when law enforcement agents executed the search warrant, at which time Bradshaw was wearing striped boxershorts consistent with those worn by one of the robbers during the robbery on Sept. 14, 2021.
Each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Camden Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews in Newark; the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer; the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae; the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan; the Pennsauken Police Department, under the direction of Acting Police Chief Phil Olivo; the Haddon Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Mark Cavallo; the Vineland Police Department; the Bridgeton Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael A. Gaimari Sr.; and the Brooklawn Police Department, under the direction of Chief Shamus Ellis, with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Camden.
The charges and allegations contained in the complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.